1.Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm – £5.29 at Superdrug
I was in Superdrug last week when a girl at the till told me that she uses the men’s balm as a primer, and that she was in fact wearing last night’s makeup despite still looking flawless. I was skeptical but picked up a bottle when I realised it was only around £5, and decided to test it out on my very oily skin. I’ve tried a tonne of different primers in my makeup life, ranging from the very cheap to the eye-wateringly expensive, and I can’t say any have really helped keep the oil off my face for more than one hour. This balm, however, is absolutely incredible, it managed to last a 5am start and a nap with barely any shine at all all day. With usual primers only containing a small amount of 30ml, this bottle of 100ml will certainly last you for a very long time and save you money.
2. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – £3.99 at Boots
If you haven’t heard about this concealer already then you’re in for a treat. It rose in popularity a few years ago after being discovered by a few YouTube beauty gurus, and has constantly been flying off shelves ever since. Available in four shades, the concealer is highly pigmented which means great coverage, and its staying power is incredible too. This also means that you really don’t need to use much at all for it to cover those essay induced bags or blemishes. The quality of this product is kind of ridiculous for the price it is, but I’m definitely not complaining.
3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99 at Boots
This is a continuous purchase of mine because it’s one of the best powders I have ever used. The powder is really silky when applied and feels very lightweight creating an overall natural-looking matte finish. It’s free of any fragrance, oils, parabens, and talc making it suitable for most skin types. It lasts for around 4 hours, maybe 2 hours on oily skin, before you need any touching up and it also doesn’t cake up with multiple applications as long as it’s applied with a light hand. With it costing around less than a quarter of most high end powders, it definitely should be a staple in your makeup bag.
4. Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner – £5.29 at Boots
Rimmel has some really fantastic products, and their Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner is perfect for those who love to add some dramatic flair to their eye makeup. Like many people, I’m all about the winged liner look so naturally I’ve tried a variety. However, I have always returned and repurchased this one. The thin and flexible brush helps create sharp lines with ultimate precision. The liquid itself is really pigmented and glides on with no streaks, it also has great staying power with very little smudging. It may take awhile to get used to the brush, but once you do it’s really worth it.
5. L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara – £10.99 at Boots
L’Oreal tends to be a little more expensive than most high street brands, however they excel when it comes to mascaras and are undeniably worth the splurge. I particularly love their original Telescopic Mascara which lengthens your eyelashes dramatically – when I first tried it I couldn’t stopping looking at them all day. It’s a must have for everyone especially if you have shorter lashes as it creates that long separated look without ever causing the ‘spider effect’, even after a few layers. It doesn’t dry up, and one tube will last quite a few months. This mascara is definitely worth a try as well as the others in the L’Oreal range.